Didcot A Power Station
Didcot A Power Station was a 2,000MW dual-fired power station, which generated electricity using coal, gas and biomass. In September 2012 we announced the closure of the plant and therefore, after 42 years of service, it will stop generating electricity on 31st March 2013.
In 2008 Didcot A opted out of the EU’s Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD) regulation which is aimed at reducing emissions across Europe; the station was therefore required to cease generation at the point at which 20,000 hours of generation were completed, or, at the latest, by the end of December 2015. In September 2012 we announced the closure of the plant and therefore, after 42 years of service, it stopped generating electricity on 31st March 2013.
We are looking at the possibility of offering selected educational tours for secondary school students at Didcot B, our 1,360MW efficient combined cycle gas turbine station, on the same site, and we will update this website in due course.
In the interim, please find below other ways in which your students can benefit from learning outside the classroom, through the partnerships we have with Earth Trust (formerly Northmoor Trust) and Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust.
Didcot Power Stations have enjoyed a partnership with the Earth Trust for over 10 years and have supported various projects at the Earth Trust Centre, including the Energy Bus and Wild Waste Shows and joint educational programmes. Click here to read more about the Earth Trust.
If you are from a school and looking for local energy/environmental education visits for your pupils, please contact the Earth Trust’s Education Manager, Oliver Rathmill, on 01865 409404 or see the ‘Learn’ pages the Earth Trust website. The Earth Trust has stunning locations for outdoor learning in South Oxfordshire, and can provide a range of learning opportunities for primary and secondary school children around a number of areas of the curriculum.
Since 2009, the Earth Trust has managed Thrupp Lake at Radley, close to Abingdon, which is owned by npower. Funding from npower and other grants have enabled visitors to access the lake and, over the last few years, the Earth Trust has established a circular walk, a ‘Lily Shelter’ for visitors and a bird hide. Thrupp Lake is one of the top bird sites in the county and is much loved and visited by local people. Click here to read more about Thrupp Lake.
In 2012, npower contributed to the creation of new ponds within the Little Wittenham Wood Nature Reserve. Of international importance, because of its Great Crested Newt population, the Earth Trust embarked on an ambitious project to help these newt populations withstand fluctuating weather conditions resulting from climate change. Two new ponds have been established and already Great Crested Newts are inhabiting their new habitat. Click here to read more about the new ponds created for wildlife.
Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre
Schools can visit Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust's exciting Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre, situated right next door to the power station. The programme is suitable for Key Stage 2 to 3 pupils, who become “Eco-warriors” and find out how to live more sustainably. Key Stage 4 pupils can visit for a tour of its Green Flag award winning building. To find out more, visit the Wildlife Trust's website or contact the centre's Education Officers on 01235 862024.